find your inspiration at the intersection of art and nature
The natural beauty of the St. Croix River has attacted artists and outdoor enthusiasts for generations. This wild and scenic river and its tree covered bluffs create a breathtaking backdrop for Take Me to the River. You are invited to have a one-of-a-kind experience as you explore the regions's art fairs, music festivals and open studios. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the river and the incredible art it inspires. You don't want to miss it.
Community Art Fairs
Four the St. Croix Valley's top art fairs take place during Take Me to the River each year. River Falls, Marine on St. Croix, Afton and Hudson invite visitors into the communities to shop from local and regioanl aritsts and fine craftsmen, explore the natural beauty, and discover the unique character of each river town via Art on the Kinni, Marine Art Fair, Afton Art in the Park and Spirit of the St. Croix Art Festival.
One of the most intriguing ways to purchase art is to meet the artist at an Open Studio. Whether the artist is the host or a guest, the relaxed studio setting makes for a memorable interaction. Open studio sales during Take Me to the River are Abnet Farm Art Show and Sale, Mary Jo Van Dell's Fall Sale, Guillermo Cuellar & Friends Falls Sale, Nick Earl Fall Pottery Sale at Abnet Farm, Peter Jadoonath Backyard Pottery Sale, and the Western Wisconsin Pottery Tour studios of Wayne Branum and Mark Pharis, Randy Johnston andJan McKeachie Johnston, S.C. Rolf, and Zac Spates.
Live Music & Theatre
Listen to live music in the great outdoors at Prairie Burn Music Festival or amid larger than life sculptures at Franconia Sculpture Park's Art & Artists Celebration. Visit St. Croix Falls Festival Theatre to see their youth production of "The Children of Mystery River" or take in a live bluegrass concert featuring Brian Wicklund and Mike Cramer. You can also enjoy live music and several of this year's community art fairs.
While You are Here
Food & Lodging
Whether you are looking for a gourmet dinner along the river or a quick bite to make a picnic, you will find just what you are looking for. Making if a long weekend, look no further than the historic inns and welcoming bed & breakfasts to your lodging needs.
The art and music at the art fairs and open studios aren't the only creative outlets in the St. Croix Valley. Retail art galleries, professional theatre groups and live music at various locations keep the arts going well into the evening in many river towns.
Retail & Attractions
There is so much to do in the St. Croix Valley, it can be hard to know where to start. Take a fall colors cruise along the St. Croix National Scenic River Way. Pick up a book at an independent local bookstore. Or maybe learn the history of the birthplace of Minnesota on a trolley tour.
Keep up with the latest Take Me to the River news about events, artists and new experiences.
Please join Franconia Sculpture Park’s artists, staff, and our thriving community, as Franconia hosts its 21st Annual Art and Artists Celebration on September 23rd, from 11 AM to 6 PM. This event serves as the gala opening reception for the new sculptures created in 2017, offering opportunities all day to satisfy your artistic curiosity and participate in family Read more about Gala Opening of Larger than Life Sculptures[…]
Join Peter Jadoonath Pottery for a great time this fall. On September 22-24, 10am-5pm, there will be a wide array of functional pottery for sale in a beautiful setting from Joe Singewald, Sarah Dudgeon, Jason Trebs, Mike Helke, and host Peter Jadoonath. The sale will take place at 30208 Tern Avenue, Shafer, MN, 55074. This sale is in Read more about Not to be Missed: Annual Backyard Pottery Sale.[…]
Joining the line-up of Take Me to the River this year is Art on the Kinni! Art on the Kinni, now in its 20th year, is a popular community art fair along the shady banks of the Kinnickinnic River in downtown River Falls. The one-day festival produced by the River Falls Community Arts Base includes Read more about New This Year: Art on the Kinni[…]
Festival Theatre in St. Croix Falls has joined Take Me to the River as an anchor event this year after years of support as an advertiser in our printed brochure. A series of four concerts will be held over the three weekends of Take Me to the River. Festival Theatre is known in the St. Read more about New This Year: Festival Theatre Concert Series[…]
Be sure to check out one of this year’s new Take Me to the River anchor events: Peter Jadoonath’s Autumn Backyard Pottery Sale. Peter will be joined by fellow potters and friends Mike Helke, Joe Singewald and Jason Trebs during the second weekend of Take Me to the River.